Alpay moves to Korea
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Alpay quit Villa Park by mutual consent last October in the aftermath of his fracas with England captain David Beckham during a Euro 2004 qualifier.
The central defender saw a move to Hertha Berlin collapse, while he was also due to hold talks with Serie A side Bologna.
However, he has opted for the challenge of playing in the K-League with Incheon, who were only founded last year.
Alpay admits a prime factor behind his decision to move to the Far East was the memory of the South Korean fans during Turkey's 2002 World Cup adventure.
"I came to South Korea because memories of South Koreans cheering for Turkey during the World Cup are deeply engraved in my heart," said Alpay.
The 30-year-old has signed a lucrative two-year contract with Incheon and he is relishing the prospect of putting his turbulent time at Villa behind him.
He added: "Leaving Aston Villa was something not only the team, but also I wanted.
"I played in The Premier League for three years but I left as I thought there was nothing more to give to the team.
"I came to South Korea because I wanted to play in a new place."